The power of the written and spoken word. To read, write, speak, and listen. This is what compulsory English classes are for. In the same way and fashion, math classes exist not so you can do math in your head without a calculator, but so you can organize thought in logical ways. The common core math that everyone is so much up in arms about is being misinterpreted here. It doesn’t matter that it took little johnny 10 times longer to do the simple math problem. I don’t care about the answer. I care about the process, the logic that got him there. Companies these days don’t want someone who can count change at the register. They want someone who can reverse engineer a competitor’s technology. Academic Inflation dictates that high school is no longer enough anymore. The jobs that diploma were good enough for can now only be filled with holders of the most basic sheepskin. We are saturated with graduates, and those who wish to stand out must go the extra mile to be noticed. We don’t need more cashiers, we need theoretical physicists. We don’t need more cannon fodder in Iraq, we need Spies and Intelligence Officers defusing global security threats before they are even blips on the radar of CNN. There is too much busy work, too much fluff, and too much nonsense that needs to be filtered out of a lifetime of education.